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Comments Off on Recession Could Delay Virginia Minimum Wage Increase   |   COVID19, Legislative

Recession Could Delay Virginia Minimum Wage Increase

Recession Could Delay Virginia Minimum Wage Increase Business groups and Virginia’s cities and counties are asking Gov. Ralph Northam to hit pause on a proposed minimum wage hike. Advocates, meanwhile, argue it’s more timely than ever. It’s still unclear whether Northam is willing to walk back one of Democratic lawmakers’ proudest achievements in the face […]

Comments Off on Industry groups, GOP senators hope to roll back bills they consider bad for businesses   |   COVID19, Legislative

Industry groups, GOP senators hope to roll back bills they consider bad for businesses

Industry groups, GOP senators hope to roll back bills they consider bad for businesses A consortium of 27 industry groups, the Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy, want Gov. Ralph Northam to delay enacting several bills passed in the last legislative session that it believes will further harm businesses already crippled by actions taken to […]

Comments Off on Despite EPA decision, Virginia says polluters must ‘make every effort’ to comply with environmental regulations   |   COVID19, Environmental

Despite EPA decision, Virginia says polluters must ‘make every effort’ to comply with environmental regulations

Despite EPA decision, Virginia says polluters must ‘make every effort’ to comply with environmental regulations Virginia will not relax its enforcement of environmental regulations despite an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week that it won’t impose civil penalties on polluting facilities that don’t comply with routine monitoring and reporting obligations during the coronavirus pandemic. “All […]

Comments Off on More FAQs: Here’s how to get a small business loan under the $349 billion aid bill   |   COVID19

More FAQs: Here’s how to get a small business loan under the $349 billion aid bill

More FAQs: Here’s how to get a small business loan under the $349 billion aid bill A network of financial institutions is gearing up for one of the most ambitious economic relief programs in U.S. history as small businesses across the country weather the coronavirus and its fallout. The $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief package signed last […]

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Eastman responds to COVID-19

As part of the world’s response to COVID-19, Eastman has worked on producing protective equipment, including rapidly producing film to partner with Patrick Henry Community College and get protective face shields into the hands of medical personnel in Virginia. View the full press release here.

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Medtronic is sharing its portable ventilator specifications and code for free to all

Medtronic is sharing its portable ventilator specifications and code for free to all Healthcare and biomedical engineering company Medtronic  was in the news recently because Tesla CEO Elon Musk had discussions with the company about the automaker’s potential plans to build ventilator hardware in order to address the COVID-19 crisis. Today it’s doing something potentially far more impactful. […]

Comments Off on Philip Morris USA plans to reopen Richmond cigarette factory with limited staffing next week   |   COVID19

Philip Morris USA plans to reopen Richmond cigarette factory with limited staffing next week

Philip Morris USA plans to reopen Richmond cigarette factory with limited staffing next week After suspending operations at its massive cigarette factory in South Richmond about 10 days ago because of the coronavirus outbreak, Philip Morris USA is now planning a limited restart of production at the plant next week. The company, a subsidiary of […]

Comments Off on Regional group forms to bring in manufacturing jobs   |   Workforce Development

Regional group forms to bring in manufacturing jobs

Regional group forms to bring in manufacturing jobs Like many rural communities, Mecklenburg County relies on regional cooperation to boost its economy. A newly formed partnership — Virginia’s Manufacturing Region — is a regional coalition to market Southern Virginia as a top destination for manufacturing jobs. It’s a bit like a supergroup, with Virginia’s Growth […]

Comments Off on Employee tests positive for coronavirus at McKee Foods in Stuarts Draft   |   COVID19

Employee tests positive for coronavirus at McKee Foods in Stuarts Draft

Employee tests positive for coronavirus at McKee Foods in Stuarts Draft STUARTS DRAFT — An employee at McKee Foods in Stuarts Draft tested positive for COVID-19, company spokesperson Mike Gloekler said. The employee received their positive test results on Friday, March 27 and notified McKee, Gloekler said. The company was not previously made aware that the employee was […]

Comments Off on Vaughan-Bassett Furniture resumes production after March 6 fire   |   General

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture resumes production after March 6 fire

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture resumes production after March 6 fire Company will monitor COVID-19 situation to determine further schedule changes GALAX, Va. – Case goods manufacturer Vaughan-Bassett Furniture has resumed production following a two-week shutdown due to a March 6 dust bin fire. The company reopened Monday and said it would continue operations until further notice amidst […]